Step 8: Coasters: Construction

Picture of Coasters: Construction
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The coasters construction is straight forward.
  1. Lay the property cards on disposable paper, face up.
  2. Paint several layers of decoupage glue over the cards.  Allow each layer to dry before applying the next.
  3. Arrange the cards on the rolled out cork board, estimating the amount of cork backings.  Plan a ~1/8" border on each card and allow further ~1/2" spacing between each card.
  4. Remove the cards and spread flexible epoxy over the required cork. Use a spatula to spread evenly.
  5. Press the felt onto the cork by hand.  Pile heavy books on the composite for several hours.
    • NOTE: many flexible epoxies cure by evaporation, the books will slow this down.
    • WARNING: follow the safety instructions of the epoxy to avoid dangerous vapors.
  6. Cut approximate backing for each card. 
  7. Adhere the cards to the cork with wood glue, press with heavy books while drying.
  8. Trim the borders of your coasters cleanly.
  9. Spray the coaster-tops with several layers of acrylic varnish, creating a non-tacky surface.